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Pledge 1% Businesses Have Given Their Communities Over $500M

By | Nov 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

This morning, philanthropic effort Pledge 1% rang the Nasdaq bell to honor the public and private Pledge 1% companies as well as to highlight the siren call of yesterday’s Giving Tuesday event: giving back to the community. Top Pledge 1% companies have already been responsible…



How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Blankets, shoes, underwear, pet food, diapers, socks, water…the basics are needed for the human and pet victims of Hurricane Harvey. This Category 4 hurricane that landed on Friday night continues to dump rain and gain strength to hit more of the coastal states. This…

Social Good

New Orleans

Compassionate Capitalism Is Possible Through Effective Corporate Philanthropy

By | Mar 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Charitable giving is no longer just something you do around the holidays. For businesses large and small, being philanthropic has become a necessity to survive. With Millennials valuing socially focused companies more than ever, success is virtually unattainable if you aren’t giving back. However,…



Fintech Startup Bstow Is Powering Millennial Giving

By | Nov 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Millennials are now the largest generation in the US labor force, numbering more than 75 million. Understanding why they donate their time and money to a particular is vital to the social sector. The financial industry has leveraged the concept of digital spare change to tap…

Startups & Apps


Kidbox: A Box That Combines Kids Clothes and Philanthropy

By | Mar 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

For parents, shopping for kids clothing can be a hassle – especially if they are unsure about  their child’s preferences. Malls and shopping outlets offer a number of clothing stores, but there is still a hole in the market, which is why Haim Dabah…



Social Philanthropy Platform GoodWorld Raises $1.65M

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm

DC based startup GoodWorld lets you make donations through social media by simply tweeting or commenting #donate. Today they announced that they just closed a Seed Round of $1.65M. New York based Nyca Partners led the round with participation from Silicon Valley’s Camp One Ventures, and Georgetown, DC’s Fenway Summer…


Why Social Responsibility Fuels Startup Success

By | Jun 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm

$41 Billion. $15 Billion. $11 Billion. These are the valuations for Uber, Snapchat, and Pinterest. That’s a lot of pocket change. With valuations like that, no wonder everyone under the sun is clamoring to start a business. In fact, entrepreneurship is on the rise in…



Google Pledges $1M to Support New York Public Library’s Efforts to Provide High-Speed Internet Access

By | Dec 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Last month, it was reported that New York City’s free Wi-Fi kiosks would work to benefit those in higher-income areas of the city, where there is less of a need for access to affordable, high-speed Internet. Well, in some good news for the city,…



NYC’s CommonBond Will Match Pencils of Promise Donations Today

By | Sep 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm

For today only, Pencils of Promise – a non-profit organization focused on building schools and increasing access to education opportunities through the creation of sustainable programs in the developing world – is partnering with New York City-based startup, CommonBond, on a 24-hour matching campaign that…


Las Vegas

Sloane Davidson Shows Us How to Make a Positive Impact

By | Aug 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Sloane Davidson has spent over 10 years in various fields like social media strategy, community development, and fundraising. Her volunteer work showed her that she could bring large-scale positive change to the world community. Her experiences also lead her to She’s the First, a…


Sloane Davidson: How to Incorporate Causes into Your Life (or Business)

By | Jul 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

In third grade, I cofounded my school’s Earth Club, a group dedicated to keeping Mother Gaia looking sexy through the mere collecting of litter around school grounds (whatever, guys – we were featured in Ranger Rick Magazine). Strangely enough, Sloane Davidson, the founder of The Causemopolitan –…



Social Venture Partners Chicago Chooses Local Education Nonprofit as Investee

By | May 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Chicago-based Social Venture Partners Chicago (SVP Chicago) is a partnership of philanthropic leaders who invest time, expertise, and money in innovative nonprofits that have the potential to make meaningful and sustainable improvements within the Chicagoland community. They aim to help nonprofits to be as effective…


San Francisco

Save $10 on Your Medical Bill This Month with Simplee

By | Feb 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

Simplee, a platform for tracking and paying health care bills, has hit on one of the best forms of advertising: free money. During February, the Palo Alto startup will give you a $10 discount on a medical bill paid through its system. Just use…


Share Learn Grow! An Interview with Twitter’s Famed @CharityIdeas

By | Jul 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Today’s post by Tech Cocktail contributor Samantha Strauss (@SFSam22) is the first of a collection of interviews with some heavy-weight social media industry personalities with a goal to highlight the entrepreneur in all of us. Are you on Twitter? If you’re reading Tech Cocktail,…


San Francisco

The Melt Brings Custom Grilled Cheese Sandwiches To Your Mobile Fingertips

By | Jun 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

Mobile apps are taking over the world.  We are covering more and more of them here at Tech Cocktail, and they all seem to be amazingly clever and useful.  And now they are arriving in a big way on the restaurant scene. At yesterday’s…


Tech Cocktail Exclusive: Cool Blue Press Launches Year of Social Media Books at SXSW

By | Mar 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

Are you a social media fanatic? Do you like to read? Look no further than Cool Blue Press, the upcoming publishing company primarily focused on social media marketing books launching this week at SXSW. Where better to launch a social media book publishing house…

Gear & Gadgets

IBM Watson Supercomputer vs. Man Jeopardy Showdown

By | Feb 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

This past week, an afternoon showdown of sorts has been capturing all those who have been able to watch it. The IBM Watson supercomputer took the main stage of Jeopardy for a showdown against some of the top winners in the game’s history –…